Safaricom will sponsor upcoming athletics events at the Kenyan Coast under the Safaricom Athletics Series to the tune of Ksh. 3 million.

The athletics events include the 14th Edition of the Madoka Half Marathon which will be held on 5th October 2019 at Ngerenyi Stadium, Taita Taveta County. The event will receive sponsorship of Ksh. 2 Million. The Mombasa 10km Road race which will take place on 22nd September will receive Ksh. 1 million.

“Through the series, we continue our sponsorship of grassroots athletics events with the aim of offering aspiring athletes a launch pad from which to pursue their careers at national and international events. We are happy that as a result, great champions such as Daniel Muindi, Panuel Mkungo and Rozina Musembi have been nurtured,” said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to participate in both races including phanuel who will be one of the favorites for the Madoka Half Marathon title.

The Mombasa Road race will be flagged-off at Treasury Grounds with winners set to receive Ksh. 100,000. Second and third place finishers will take home Ksh. 50,000 and Ksh. 30,000 respectively. The Madoka Half Marathon will be flagged-off at 8.00am at Ngerenyi Grounds, Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County. Winners will receive Ksh. 300,000 with second and third place finishers will get Ksh. 150,000 and Ksh. 100,000 respectively.

This year Safaricom has sponsored ten long distance races and track and field events under the Safaricom Athletics Series. So far four races have taken place including the Henry Wanyoike Road Run, 6th Deaf Half Marathon in Kericho, and National Trials for 1st Africa Deaf Athletics Championships as well as the Iten Road Race. The remaining races in the Series calendar are the Madoka Half Marathon, Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat cross-country and the Mombasa, Kisii, Imenti and Kisumu road races.